Ephesians 4:4-12

Sunday, October 30,
2016

Stephen Caldwell

Ephesians 4:4-12

v4-6

  1. We all are
    united under the “list of ones” that Paul gives us.

  2. Despite the
    differences in all of our lives we are united in these “ones.”

v7-8

  1. Our gifts are
    not dependent on our worthiness, but rather His grace.

v11-12

  1. The gifts are
    given to build Christ’s Church – so that it’s members will be
    fully equipped to carry out God’s calling in their lives. We are
    all called to be ministers/servants.

  2. Evangelist –
    a church planter or missionary

  3. Pastor – A
    Shepard, Christ being the example of the perfect Shepard of the
    Church

  4. ref: 1 Peter 5
    – Serve willingly, serve eagerly; acting on the desires God has
    put in your heart.

Is your desire to
follow Christ in your own life?

Acts 1:6-9 – “Your mission.”

Sunday, October 1
2016

Stephen Caldwell

Acts 1:6-9 – “Your
mission.

v6 – Why are they
asking “at this time?”

  1. Jesus just rose
    from the dead.

  2. They want to
    know when is this Heaven on Earth they have heard about is going to
    happen?

v7 – Jesus wants
them to keep their focus.

  1. His business vs
    our business.

v8 – What they are
(you are) to focus on.

  1. “But ye” –
    contrasts the things of God vs the things they (you)
    are to be concerned with.

  2. Distractions to
    our focus: Posessions, Politics, Hobbies, Jobs, Families, etc..

  3. Your
    (singular, personal) priority is to go into all the world and spread
    the Gospel.

  4. There is no
    exemption from this command for those who are saved.

  5. You receive the
    power through the Holy Ghost … God goes with you wherever you are.

v9 – They have a
mission yet to accomplish

  1. This is the
    reason He is ascending and they are left standing.

Our mission field is
wherever we are. Start at home, then to work and then to all the
world.

The responsibility
doesn’t lie on the shoulders of Christianity in general, but the
Christian in person.

Why stand ye looking
up into Heaven?

We must pray.

Sunday, September
25, 2016

Stephen Caldwell

1 Peter 4:7 – We
must pray.

We need to
pray because of our Adversary:

  1. “But the end
    of all things is at hand…” – The return of Christ is near. We
    must pray because His return reminds us that there are many on the
    threshold of hell.

  2. Ref:
    Revelation 3:14-16 – A great danger to the church is mediocrity.
    Taking for granted all that God has given us. Increase in
    toleration of sin. – If that is the case then ultimately we have
    become mediocre as individuals.

  3. When is the
    last time you asked God to revive your zeal for Him?

We need to
pray because of our Ability:

  1. You (the Christian) have been granted access to pray to God.

  2. We are limited in our ability, we must be dependent on God.

We MUST pray!

What to pray
for:

  • Charlotte NC Community– Pastors, Churches, Police

  • Vicar’s Chapel – revive us, stir up zeal within us, “start with
    you (me)”, use us

1 John 5 – “The Gospel is God’s testimony”

Sunday, September 4,
2016

Stephen Caldwell

1 John 5 – “The
Gospel is God’s testimony”

v6-8

  1. By water and by
    blood – “Book ends of of Jesus work on Earth.”

  2. By water –
    Jesus’ baptism

  3. By blood –
    Jesus’ crucifixion (ref: John 19)

v9

  1. Man’s word is
    less than God’s word.

  2. How much more
    trustworthy is God’s testimony, when everyday we take men at their
    word.

v10

  1. The gospel
    demands an answer.

  2. Acceptance or
    Rejection – only possible answers.

  3. Christian, you
    can’t keep “all this stuff” while declaring God’s truth.

v11

  1. “No man can
    come to the Father but by Me (Jesus)”

  2. This is an
    absolute.

v12

  1. If you don’t
    have Jesus Christ, then you don’t have eternal life.

  2. The Gospel is
    not a message of facts and ideas, it is a message of a relationship.

“Born again” – 1 John 5

Sunday August 21, 2016

“Born again” – 1 John 5

Be born again:

    1.) Believes that Jesus is the Christ.

    2.) Love the Church

        a.) Love God

        b.) Keep his commandments (ref: John 14)

    3.) Overcomes the world

        a.) Our statement of faith tied to our victory through Christ Jesus

        b.) We are overcomers because Chris as overcame

        c.) Believer’s victory over heretics (ref: 1 John 4:3-4)

        d.) “Overcome by the blood of the Lamb” (ref: Revelation 12)

        e.) “More than conquerors” (Romans 8)

Are you one of these?